Our Zanzibar cinnamon verum (aka Ceylon or "true" cinnamon) is bright and sweet, with notes of pine, citrus peel and sea salt. Our cinnamon is the inner bark of the cinnamomum verum tree, cut from older branches than our cinnamon shavings. It has an evergreen brightness and woodsy complexity unlike any other cinnamon we’ve ever tasted. It's perfect for baked goods and desserts, oatmeal, pancakes, tomato sauces, barbecue rubs and anything else you can imagine.
Burlap & Barrel is the sole importer of Zanzibar spices to the US. Like all of the spices from our partner cooperative in Zanzibar, our cinnamon is grown organically.
Our cinnamon is the inner bark of the cinnamomum verum tree also known as true cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon. It is grown by a cooperative of smallholder farmers on the Zanzibar islands off the east coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, many of whom have been cultivating cinnamon and other spices (including our cloves, nutmeg and black pepper) for generations. It grows on the steep hillsides rising above the beach, where it thrives in the hot sun, salty breeze and sandy soil, a terroir that contributes to a subtle, smooth flavor without any bitterness. The cinnamon is hand-cut and sun-dried to order throughout the year to guarantee the freshest and most intense flavor.
Meet the Farmer: Bakari Omar is pictured holding a branch of a cinnamon tree that he just cut. The next step is to shave off the bark, some of which will be ground into powder, and some of which will be made into shavings.